Definition of exanimate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪkˈsanɪmət/
Pronunciation: /ɛkˈsanɪmət/


Showing no sign of life; lifeless: his exanimate body
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  • His camera portrays its exanimate victims with the gentleness of one who understands and perhaps envies the escape they've made.
  • The Christian knight administered the sacred rites of religion to her departing spirit, and then sunk into unconsciousness beside her exanimate form.
  • When Laura plays the piano, her adorer stands there, one moment an exanimate statue, the next a disembodied spirit.


Mid 16th century: from Latin exanimatus 'deprived of life', from ex- 'out' + animatus (see animate).

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